Nicknames for Babies Have Never Been Cooler
If you’re considering going straight for a short form on the birth certificate, you’re in good company. Stylish celebrity parents are increasingly skipping formal names in favor of short and sweet nickname-style monikers.
Tyler Hilton and Megan Park recently welcomed daughter Winnie. Sterling Shepard and Chanel Iman chose Cassie for their second daughter, a sister for Cali. And Doctor Who star David Tennant is the latest to join the list of high-profile parents who have used the adorable vintage nickname Birdie.
In the US, nickname names for babies were booming around a century ago, making this trend ripe for revival today. But if the popular picks of the 1920s and 30s just aren’t doing it for you (sorry, Willie, Bob and Patsy) then keep reading!
We’ve collected 80 of the coolest new nicknames for babies — all outside the current US Top 500 — to inspire you.
Cool Nicknames for Girls
Unisex Charlie now ranks higher for girls than boys, at #152 in 2018. Sleek Thea has proved surprisingly trendy: shooting from outside the Top 1000 to inside the Top 300 in just five years. And sweet British favorites Elsie and Evie, Maisie and Millie are all rising rapidly too.
If you want something with the same laid-back appeal, but less of the popularity, the names in the list below all rank in the lower half of the Top 1000 or just below it. They’re familiar but fresh, cute but cool, and underused without being too “out there”.
If you’re willing to go a little bit quirkier, there are some fantastic uncommon nicknames for girls hiding further down the US popularity charts.
All of the choices in the list below rank well outside of the Top 1000, but they feel right on trend for a 2020s baby girl. And celebrity bearers like Billie Eilish, Gigi Hadid and Suki Waterhouse prove that they can be pulled off in style!
Cool Nicknames for Boys
Did you know that the current #1 boy name in the US actually started life as a nickname? Liam originated as an Irish diminutive of William, making it the first nickname ever to hold the top spot for boys in the US.
British parents are already big fans of stylish short forms on the birth certificate: Harry, Jack, Leo and Charlie all make the current Top 10 for boys there, while quirkier picks like Albie, Reggie, Sonny and Teddy all make the Top 100.
The names in the list below all rank in the lower half of the US Top 1000 or just below it. They’re widely known, but not widely used, and all have that effortless laid-back charm.
Far below the Top 1000 you’ll find some seriously uncommon (and seriously cool!) nicknames for boys. Some of these are quite literally unique: there were fewer than five baby boys named Iggy or Jem in 2018, the last year on record.
From old-school cool nicknames like Fitz and Gene, to modern mini-names like Cy and Xavi, there are unique options to suit every style. Be sure to check out our newly updated list of fresh nicknames for boys for even more!
What are your favorite nicknames for babies? What would you name a boy and girl from these lists? Tell us below!
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